“Mondig van de Grand River”
The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club holding the first ever Mondig van de Grand River (Mouth of the Grand). The varsity team is rowing the lower Grand River from the Grand Valley Boathouse in Allendale to Grand Haven on Sunday, September 27th starting at 4 pm.
The team is rowing to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station for a photo opportunity and for general viewing/showcasing of the program. They will then row back upstream and land their shells at the Harbor Island boat ramp in Grand Haven, MI.
Best views will be along the boardwalk in Grand Haven to welcome the rowers from their long journey down the Grand River. Approximate arrival time is 6:30pm.
The row down the Grand River is roughly 22 miles. Thirty three men and women from the varsity squad will be participating in this marathon row. Among our champion athletes includes Austin Gentry ’16, who won the gold medal for Team USA in the World University Games in Gwonju, South Korea this past summer. The Men and Women’s Varsity squad will consist of three – four man shells and two – eight man shells. The marathon row will last about 2-3 hours.
The team is expected to arrive in Grand Haven sometime between 6:30 and 7:00pm.
“The Grand River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the United States and during the fall season it is a fantastic river to train on. This is a special opportunity for our student athletes to row many miles in one practice because ‘Mileage Makes Champions.'” – Head Coach John M. Bancheri
Our trip down the Grand River to Grand Haven is in honor of our partnership with Spring Lake and Grand Haven Community who help sponsor the Annual Lubbers Cup Regatta on Spring Lake. The team will be rowing past the site of the regatta which is held annually on Spring Lake
Save the Date: April 8-10 2016. Check out the the website for Lubbers Cup and the the Grand Valley Rowing Club website for further info you can check out @gvsurowing on twitter where Coach Michelle Goodwin will be live tweeting the event.